The National Aquatic Centre is one of the world's largest indoor water activity and sport centres. It also houses a family waterpark called Aquazone. Opened in March 2003, the National Aquatic Centre was established by the government to be a state of the art venue for competitive indoor water sports. It offers a 10-lane, 50 metre x 25 metre Olympic standard swimming pool, and a 25-metre international standard diving pool/warm-up pool. The centre also contains seats for 2,500 spectators, and major aquatic events have been held here such as the Special Olympics World Summer Games and the European Short Course Swimming Championships.
The venue also serves as a also a waterpark, which is extremely popular with families.
- AquaZone is fun for all and offers several water rides including
- Master Blaster -- roller coaster style water slide (suitable for teenagers/older kids and kidults)
- Flow Rider --- a slide that creates waves that you can surf along (suitable for teenagers/older kids and kidults)
- Pirate Ship --- a ship with cannons and small slides, and mushroom waterfall (suitable for younger kids, especially aged 7 and under, and grown-ups)
- Wave Pool --- a swimming pool with waves that start in the deeper end, which crash onto the shallow end, just like the ocean (suitable for all kids, and grown-ups)
- Lazy River --- let the pool's artificial current gently take you around (suitable for all kids, and grown-ups)
Slides at AquaZone WaterPark - National Aquatic Centre, Dublin
TimeZone Fitness Centre
Health and fitness are also important to the purpose of the centre, which also operates a leisure centre called the TimeZone. It offers a sauna, spa, steam room and resistance equipment.
Cafe and Reception
The National Aquatic Centre also has a cafe and a reception area.
The centre is adjacent to the M50 motorway on Snugborough Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.
National Aquatic Centre. Image by Tommy Gezela